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>> that does it for us here at abc7 news at 5:00. thank you your time. see you later. welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news. an epic and deadly storm that won't let up. the treacherous flooding, and dramatic rescues. some families losing everything. this home swept away. and tonight, where the dams are bursting. desperate search. a cargo ship and its crew vanishing in hurricane joaquin. tonight, we're with the coast guard. the grim clues they've discovered. survivor story. the student that made it out alive from the campus mass shooting. the hero that shielded her from the bullets. plus, the veteran that jumped into the line of fire speaks out. and new details about the gunman's final moments. killer coverup? the death of a 13-year-old on a dark road. a hit and run mystery. the fake accident to throw off police. how police may have cracked the case. and, bear scare.
this wild video of a pint-sized pup taking on two bears. showing it's not how big the dog is in the fight, it's how big the fight is in the dog. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. let get right to the breaking news. a coastal storm in the east shattering records. historic rain levels, and devastating flooding. and in south carolina tonight, a state of emergency. the roof of this building in columbia collapsing. cars flooded to their roofs. take a look at this rushing water. firefighters rescuing people trapped in their vehicles. at least five killed in the storms since thursday. and the rain still coming down. and there's the storm at its peak. still hovering tonight. fueled by moisture by hurricane joaquin. now battering bermuda. team coverage across the storm zone, and alex perez starts us off in columbia.
>> reporter: grasping for life. crews using a rope to rescue a trapped woman. and take a look at this mom's face. grief and relief as firefighters get her 4-year-old son out of a car and into her arms. a marathon of rescues in columbia, south carolina, the situation dangerous for even trained rescuers. >> we've had a west columbia firefighter swept away. they lost visual contact. >> reporter: two firefighters rescued today. there's so much water, it's easy to forget it's a roadway, not a river. and you look in the distance and see scenes like this. three cars completely submerged. and the water up to the rooftops of some homes. these residents trapped on the upper level. this storefront collapsed. roads giving way. dams bursting. this man says the water was rising by the second. he escaped with his wife. their home somewhere underneath this water. >> it's tough because everything i own that i know of has been
destroyed. all my memories. everything i've worked for. >> reporter: countless neighbors volunteering all day and night to get people to safety. >> so, when i saw what was going on, i just felt the need to help. >> reporter: some who lost everything they owned, just grateful they'll get a chance to start again. >> it's heart-wrenching, but i'm so glad we're safe. >> reporter: now, the big wait for the water to recede. the current, so strong, it knocked down the front wall of this restaurant. the cleanup process just beginning. tom? >> alex, thank you. we turn next to rob marciano with the big picture tonight, reporting from lanson, just north of charleston. >> reporter: a stubborn system battering the east coast for nearly four days. and it won't give up. >> this is deep. >> reporter: historic rain. over the weekend, their wettest
day on record. >> this is a very serious situation. >> reporter: parts of the state getting two feet of rain since thursday. many neighborhoods submerged. >> it's getting deeper. i'd say at least three or four feet in here. >> reporter: outside charleston, our first look at the damage left behind. this house got two feet of water. wrecking furniture, soaking drywall and floors. >> you can see the water line. right here. it's a good indicator of how high it came up in this room. >> reporter: the path of destruction stretching north, too. >> in the water. >> reporter: this house in new jersey, swept away. back in south carolina, i-95, a nearly 75-mile stretch shut down. >> significant flooding already occurring again in south charleston. >> reporter: and just a week ago, they were bracing for hurricane joaquin, which pulled out to sea. residents say this storm is worse than hurricane hugo of 1989. >> they're talking about at least three more inches coming in. so i'm a little bit concerned.
>> reporter: the creek that runs behind this neighborhood, usually six feet wide. it's now over 100 yards wide. it's at a level residents have never seen. >> how much longer will this go on? and how much more rain can they expect? >> we're in a bit of a hole outside of charleston. looking at the radar, charleston getting more rain. as is columbia. the future radar, pulling some of the moisture into the coastline. it becomes a little bit more of a coastal event. winds will pick up as well. going to the outer banks. becomes a substantial coastal storm over the next 48 hours. with more rain in the flood-prone areas. and hurricane joaquin, category two, abreast of bermuda, that was a storm giving us quite a bit of moisture. thankfully it's moving out to sea later on tonight. and caught up in the hurricane, a u.s. cargo ship and its crew of 33. last heard from on thursday morning.
the coast guard, combing 30,000 square miles of open sea. and tonight, a grim breakthrough. discovering a huge field of debris. linzie janis has the story. >> reporter: tonight, a break in the search for the missing cargo ship, the el faro. carrying 33 crew and 28 americans. a 225-square-mile area of debris. with what appears to be styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items found. earlier in the day, we were with the coast guard as crews discovered a container and oil sheen floating in the ocean. >> it's common for ships transiting through a storm to lose things off their deck, off their topside decks. >> reporter: and late saturday, the coast guard pulling this life ring out of choppy waters. it's been four days since the ship went missing, in the path of hurricane joaquin. the 790-foot vessel was destined for puerto rico.
making a distress call from crooked island, saying the ship had lost power. had taken on water, and was listing 15 degrees. in an area known as the bermuda triangle. >> a ship is most vulnerable when they're disabled, without propulsion. >> reporter: among those onboard the ship, jeremy riehm from florida. and danielle randolph, 34, from maine. >> i'm very hopeful. until they find a reason for me not to be, i'm going to remain hopeful. >> reporter: as of sunset tonight, the coast guard has searched 70,000 square nautical miles of sea. and they'll be back at it at first light tomorrow. tom? >> family members still holding out hope. thank you. and next to the mass shooting at a college campus in roseburg, oregon. stunning details of the heroes and those they saved. people comforting one another at prayer services. neal karlinsky is there.
>> reporter: the pastor's prayers were answered even before he stepped into church today. >> she said, i began to pray. and secondly, i knew i was going to die today. >> reporter: his 18-year-old daughter lacy, one of the closest witnesses to survive unscathed. saved by a man that fell on top of her after he was shot, later dying. >> i believe in the last moments he had consciousness, he said, i am going to roll onto lacy. >> reporter: she laid under him, playing dead. amazingly, sitting next to lacy in church today, this man. the student they say was chosen directly by the gunman to live. >> he said, you're the lucky one. you're not going to die today. >> reporter: he said his daughter told him the gunman asked the students for their religion, asked them to beg for their lives, and shot them anyway. saying, we will all be together
in just a moment. >> he came in to execute. >> reporter: meanwhile, chris mintz, hailed a hero and shot seven times, releasing this video. >> i'm doing well, and overwhelmed by the support. >> reporter: the nine victims, ranging from 18 to 67. alleged gunman chris mercer's last words -- overheard by lacy. >> the words were, you got me. i've had enough. i'm done. >> reporter: the official cause of the gunman's death has been ruled a suicide, but officials believe he was hit by officers first. there is still no known motive. and to afghanistan, the destruction of a hospital run by doctors without borders. 22 people killed, including 3 children. it appears to have been an air strike targeting the taliban that destroyed the hospital. a makeshift surgery ward set up to save the wounded. president obama sending his deepest condolences. but tonight, that hospital is shut down as war rages around it. here's alex marquardt.
>> reporter: smoke and flames filling the remains of the kunduz hospital. after the strikes, those inside the wreckage lying stunned on the floor. the u.n. calling the tragedy inexcusable, possibly criminal. doctors without borders, who operated the hospital, going even further. >> we're saying all the indications are, yes, this was a war crime. >> reporter: doctors without borders says that of the 22 dead, most were staff. three were children. so far, the u.s. only said that an american plane struck near the hospital, and there may have been collateral damage. afghan officials accused taliban members of firing from the hospital. which doctors without borders denies. >> it was a completely normal evening. nothing untoward was happening at the hospital at all.
>> reporter: one nurse, writing about the aftermath, six patients were burning in their beds. how can this happen? president obama offering condolences, but no apology. while secretary of defense ash carter called the situation confused and complicated. the pentagon has promised an examination of the incident, but doctors without borders is rejecting that. calling for an independent investigation. tom? >> alex, thank you. and to the race for 2016. the front runners out protecting their leads this weekend. hillary clinton showing up on late night tv. and donald trump making his case on the sunday shows. tonight, new polls showing their opponents are gaining ground. here's mary bruce. >> i wish you could be president. >> me, too. >> reporter: with her poll numbers shaky, hillary clinton is offering an alternative. her lighter side. >> everyone wants to talk about donald trump.
>> isn't he the one that's, like, oh, you're all losers? >> reporter: clinton is hoping to reboot her image. facing a potential game-changing challenge from vice president joe biden. the latest poll showing that if he runs it would bring her lead in iowa from 11 points down to 5. and she's still losing to bernie sanders in new hampshire. on the republican side, donald trump still in the lead. >> i'm having a lot of fun. >> reporter: but his support is slipping in iowa and new hampshire. >> i'm not somebody that needs to do this for other reasons. >> reporter: trump has five-point leads in those states. but ben carson and carly fiorina are nipping at his heels. and fiorina, not afraid to say what she thinks. >> the reason morale is down in the military is not because they don't want to serve. it's because they don't think their president cares about their service. >> reporter: as for clinton, the new likability strategy comes at a critical time.
the first democratic debate is nine days away. >> mary, thank you. and from the vatican, marriage and sexuality are front and center. pope francis with a forceful defense of traditional marriage. coming after downplaying his meeting with kim davis in america, and as a priest comes out of the closet, saying he's gay and in a relationship. the vatican firing him. here's terry moran. >> reporter: pope francis speaking to bishops today, strongly reaffirmed traditional catholic teaching on marriage. but he didn't stop there, insisting on acceptance and mercy for all, even those experiencing divorce. and after a week of stunning revelations about his american tour, the vatican now struggling to do damage control. earlier in the week, the news that kentucky county clerk kim davis met with the pope, and claimed he endorsed her actions.
>> he said, stay strong. >> reporter: and another stunner, the vatican backtracks, saying the meeting wasn't the pope's idea. saying she was invited by vatican officials in washington. and that francis offered nothing more than common courtesy. >> his kindness and warmth and hospitality, he shook hands and gave rosaries. >> reporter: and in his last week in washington, embracing a former student, a gay man that brought his longtime partner. >> i do hope it means exactly what it is. that he's not afraid to have a gay friend. that me being gay is no different than me having blue eyes. >> reporter: a pope that reaffirms the teachings of his church, but who also seeks solidarity and inclusiveness far beyond them. as he has famously said, who am i to judge? terry moran, abc news, london.
>> we thank terry for that report. still ahead, a cold case possibly solved. a deadly hit and run accident on this road involving that 13-year-old. did the suspect go as far as staging a fake accident to throw police off his tracks for years? and later, rare images from nasa that will leave you moonstruck. those stories, coming up.
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i can't really handle this. >> reporter: for 4 1/2 years, the family has struggled with this heartbreak, as police try to figure out who hit her and left her to die. >> today, the search is still on for the driver of that car. >> reporter: investigators say that the day after the crash, the suspect staged another accident to cover up the damage. >> obviously, it bothered him. why didn't he come forward? >> reporter: it is a question asked by so many grieving families. in 2013, nearly 1,000 americans died in hit and run accidents. for the mother, no explanation or confession. but when being questioned by police, the suspect reportedly told police to tell the family he's sorry.
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finally tonight, a farmer that just would not give up. digging in his field in michigan, when he thought he hit a fence post, but turns out he found a window back to the ice age. here's john donvan. >> reporter: when the crane first starts lifting, it doesn't look like much. how about now? it helps to imagine what it used to look like. which would have been something like this. this woolly mammoth, turned up in a field where drains were being placed, used to grow soybeans. >> right where we're standing. >> reporter: laying down some drains, he hit some bones and called the university of michigan. letting them come out and pull it all out of there. >> it's been overwhelming for me to have this many people out here. >> reporter: the rules say the farmer gets to keep it if he wants. >> we're hoping it will end up in a museum. >> reporter: while the
university scientist, he has some theories. >> it was an adult male, probably in its 40s, probably lived between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago. >> reporter: that puts humans here in prehistoric michigan at the same time. the theory goes, it was hunted by humans, and stored in a pond for preservation. soon enough, it will all be soybeans here. but it's hard not to wonder what else might be down there below the surface. john donvan, abc news. >> those bones are now in a building in the farm. and by federal law, they belong to him. i hope that barn has a lock. "gma" first thing in the morning, david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
next at 6:00, tables turned. new amazing video shows the san francisco man fighting off a gunman inside of his garage. an evening on an east bay lake turns tragic for a sales force employee. tonight we learn more about the man being called a hero after the organize e -- oregon shooting. abc7 news at 6 starts right now. hello and thank you for joining us. tonight authorities are searching for a 31-year-old san francisco man last seen swimming at an east bay park. he was on a beat with several people when it took an water. they jumped into the lake but he was never seen again.
>> reporter: dive teams will continue searching the lake until dark tonight and then again tomorrow morning in what has now back recovery mission. several sales force employees were on a team-building exercise when a bunch of employees on a boat ran into trouble. >> they were all referred to as the last trip. >> reporter: parks police spokesperson says the owner of an aluminum boat that took on water was making the final trip to shore with a group of employees. the boat owner had shuttled multiple groups. the last group may have been over the boat's capacity. when the boat began filling with water, seven people swam to shore but 31-year-old man didn't make it. >> the search area right now is the size of a football field. the depth ranges from ten to 50 feet. the bottom is hard-packed rock, and they're searching by behind. >> reporter: a spokesperson